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Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.

Industries such as construction, logistics and transportation have some of the lowest numbers of female workers in Canada, but studies have shown that having a gender-balanced workforce not only closes the wage gap and encourages gender equality, it also helps reduce labour shortages, contributes to a healthier GDP, and assists companies in outperforming their competitors. How can leaders in these sectors improve gender balance and create welcoming environments for women? On March 8, 2022, in recognition of International Women’s Day, The Globe and Mail examined this question over the course of a one-hour webcast.

Sandra Martin, head of newsroom development with The Globe and Mail started off the event interviewing Lareina Yee, senior partner with McKinsey & Company. The conversation provided context on the issue of female representation in non-traditional sectors, along with barriers and opportunities.

Up next, Sandra hosted a panel of industry leaders that featured Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada; Nour Hachem-Fawaz, founder and president of Build a Dream; Erin Buchanan, general manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and Eira Thomas, president and CEO of Lucara Diamond Corporation.

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The Globe and Mail presented the event with sponsor support from FedEx Express Canada.

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